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No spark left in the ole 96

I have an 96 Custom Softail Harley, bike sets four months out of the
year. when it goes down everything is perfect. When you get it out
it will not crank. When it does crank it skips and then cuts off up
the road. I have checked battery, changed spark plugs, changed
fuel line, changed wires, and made sure it has gas. Screens not
covered inside tank. Purchased trickle charger, and then tried to
crank after a couple of days, and it will not turn over fast enough
now at all. When it does turn over black soot comes out of the pipes,
and it still will not fire. Plugs used were autolites, instead of split
fire as I originally ran. Is my spark not hot enough. I have run out
of ideas please advize. It also has an electric ignition system.
Everything has been rebuilt, replaced, the bike has been kept inside
of a garage never out in the open nor exposed to the elements.

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  • suthern_grl0 Jul 28, 2009


  • suthern_grl0 Aug 06, 2009

    I am stumped and have decided to take it in to a mechanic. Battery shows fully charged, new plugs,
    cleaned the carbs, and now when I go to start it
    it make a click click sound and will not turn over,

  • suthern_grl0 Sep 03, 2009

    It has been awhile,but I finally found the spark for
    the 96, I traced back from the beginning and never
    got any results, so I started again, I overlooked
    the problem the first time, but the seond time I
    found it by pulling the wires that were tie wrapped
    to the frame coming from the dashboard and traced
    them all the way through. Part of it I felt was the
    batter(which I put a new one in) but once I cut the
    tie wrap loose and the electric was soft and moved
    the wiring around, the bike fired the first time, so
    now I will have to replace the bad wires and tape them
    to the frame not tie wrap them. In the future if any
    one runs across this problem again, tell the to check
    the wires, because the vibrations from the Harley rubbed the wires forcing them to lose connection.
    Thank everyone for all your advice and help

  • Paul Blessing May 11, 2010

    Betting on a bad battery. How exactly have you checked the battery?



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Have you cleaned the carbs? If fuel is left sitting in them for 4 months it could gel up and block them. If your leaving it for that long its a good idea to drain the fluids before putting her away.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

  • Gerard Montgomery
    Gerard Montgomery Jul 28, 2009

    Hmm if the carbs are ok have you tried bump starting it? I could be a duffed starter motor. That's all I can think of. I heard bump starting a big twin can be a nightmare though.



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